In a style that flows naturally through innocence and darkness, M. Robert Randolph tells a story reminiscent of Bridge to Terabithia. Children living with torments inside their homes that no one on the outside sees, they seek escape to an imaginary island, where Michael, the narrator hopes to become a superhero. Mr. Randolph's posted chapters take us into Michael's future where we discover he is an awkward high schooler who fits in no better now than he did as a kid. Perhaps even worse.
Challenges that might be mental illness or abuse are suggested in symbols represented by the real and fantastical trappings of Michael's past, present, and imagination.
I'm intrigued. I hope you'll help bring [The Dark Mountain] to publication so we can see how it all turns out. It's a story that might well provide encouragement and courage to children and adolescents whose lives are not as sunny as children deserve their lives to be.